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Take the fear out of networking by simply changing the word and your perception of what "networking' is.

Not too many people enjoy networking because it has a very negative connotation. It used to be that we gathered together to collect as many contacts as we could , there was a lot of pressure to have our 'elevator speech' honed to perfection and impress the people we met in 30 seconds or less!

Rethink the whole idea as a way to get to know people. Communication is key. Spend a little more time with each person and really get to know something personal about them ... when you meet again you will be able to connect on a personal level with them and a relationship will be formed rather than a 'business contact'.